RE: [SCA-Archery] Beggining Fletcher Needs Advice
- In a message dated 9/1/2003 12:41:07 AM Pacific Standard Time,
> I have had bad experience with FS archery, not just with the raw shafts.I think you have to look at whats good and whats not, I get ok deals from
them on tips and feathers, and knocks, I did not like their shafts at all either.
But on some items they are as good as the next guy with better prices very
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- Similar experiences here with FS. Customer service stinks, they are often
slow to ship, if they screw up your order it's difficult to get them to fix
When we order from retailers we now order from 3Rivers or Kustom King.
Links to both their sites are on archery.ansteorra.org.
HL Eadric Anstapa
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From: "Guy Taylor" <greytaylor@...>
Sent: Sunday, August 31, 2003 11:01 PM
Subject: RE: [SCA-Archery] Beggining Fletcher Needs Advice
> In mundane traditional archery circles F/S has a very bad name. It's well
> recognized that they do not hand spine or weight their shafts, even the
> that they say they do. And I've heard some horrible stories about
> service with them.
> Quite frankly, I cringe when I seen them recommended to new (or
> I occasionally use them for feathers that I've forgotten to order from my
> regular people since I can drive to F/S in 20 minutes. But that's the
> thing I purchase there.
> > Be sure and reweigh and spine every shaft you get from FS Archery
> > We've had a lot of problems with thier shafting in the past, even when
> > ordering "hand matched" wood shafts.
> > Oh. You were talking about obtaining some of the used
> > Bitzenbergers. I've
> > not had any problems with the other products from FS.
> > James
> > jotl@...
- Wow! What a wealth of information. Thanks everyone, for your
advice. I'm eager to get started.
P.S. I'm located in the Principality of the Mists, Kingdom of the
West, mundanely Fremont, CA. Anyone who knows any good, local gold
mines for supplies, please share =)
- One thing I've found that works great is fletching tape in combination with
fletch-tite glue (I would not recommend using it alone). What I do is put a
line of fletching tape on the feather when it's in the clamp, and tape the
feather onto the shaft with my clamp-and-jig. This gets the feather on the
shaft in proper alignment. Then I put a bead of glue along either side of
where the feather joins the shaft, and an extra bit in front and back, and
gently rub it in (don't rub your eyes while you're doing this!). If you tie
your feathers on, you can do this before adding the glue, and add a little
extra glue between the feathers to keep the thread in place. Using tape I
can let the arrow dry off the jig, can do many arrows quickly.
If you have access to an analytical balance, you can weigh out your own
shafts easily. (Josef Alm's book mentions bolts that were weighed
individually before competitions, so this was done in period) Three Rivers
also sells a hand-balance that gives very good precision and good accuracy
for only $10 or so.
Shoot well! -Lyev Davidovitch
- --- In SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com, "kissijunk" <kissijunk@s...>
> I would like to start fletching my own arrows and would greatlyI use two "6-up" JoJans, one straight and one left helical. I also
> appreciate some advice as to what equipment to buy. What are the
> barebones equipment requirements? If I had a little more to spend,
> what would be the best thing to splurge on? What kind of glue does
> everyone use? Why is there such a wide range in price for taper
> tools? What fletching jig (?) should I get? Where should I buy all
> my equipment? If anyone has answers to any of these questions, I
> would be grateful for your help. Thanks a bunch.
have a "single" in my tackle box. I have a local source for shafts and
have been very happy with them. As for much else, I've ordered through
3-Rivers and have always been pleased.
One note: If you're going to use Fletch-tite, make sure you use
Bohning products for your stain, laquer or other finishes. Bohning
works well with Bohning, but has problems with other products. Case in
point: I use "gasket laquer" which is a thick laquer applied by
dipping the shaft in a dip tube and pulling back through a small hole
in a silicon gasket. I used fletch-title for my first dozen arrows,
and lost a bunch of feathers. It didn't stick very well. Duco cement
works very well for me, and to reiterate what someone else said, it
does "melt" the plastic nocks just a little, and when I used plastic
nocks I also used fletch-tite for those. I use only self-nocks now.
- In a message dated 9/1/2003 8:27:20 PM Pacific Standard Time, Godwin@...
> I use "gasket laquer" whichGodwin, where do you buy the gasket laquer, if i go to my local paint store
is gasket laquer the proper trade name? I have been just dipping in laquer i
buy and thinning it almost 50/50 with thinner but would prefer switching to the
method you are using. I recently started using bonning products but they are
incompatible with anything else you might use. Will duco cement work with
bonning dips? Badger
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- There is Archery Only in Newark. But, they carry very little in the way
of traditional supplies.
>Wow! What a wealth of information. Thanks everyone, for your
>advice. I'm eager to get started.
>P.S. I'm located in the Principality of the Mists, Kingdom of the
>West, mundanely Fremont, CA. Anyone who knows any good, local gold
>mines for supplies, please share =)
- No, Duco does not work well with Bohning. FletchLac is a vinyl lacquer
and is designed shed foreign materials to keep shafts cleaner. The
FletchTite is also based on vinyl lacquer and thus fuses with the
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On Mon, 1 Sep 2003 23:48:35 EDT badger5149@... writes:
> In a message dated 9/1/2003 8:27:20 PM Pacific Standard Time,________________________________________________________________
> > I use "gasket laquer" which
> Godwin, where do you buy the gasket laquer, if i go to my local
> paint store
> is gasket laquer the proper trade name? I have been just dipping in
> laquer i
> buy and thinning it almost 50/50 with thinner but would prefer
> switching to the
> method you are using. I recently started using bonning products but
> they are
> incompatible with anything else you might use. Will duco cement work
> bonning dips? Badger
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- I get alot of my Supplies mail order from a Place in Colorado called
Valley Traditional Archery. (http://www.valleytradarchery.com/)
There prices are competitive with other shops, and the people are
very friendly and helpful.
They sell "gasket laquer" as "Quick-dry Sealer Coat" and a "quick
Dry System" to use it. Its basicly a realy thick lacquer that you
put in a long dip tube. At the top of the tube is a ruber gasket
with a hole that will just stretch over the shaft.
By diping the arrow through the gasket you get a very light coat on
the arrow, and it drys very quickly. When working on a dozen arrows,
but the time I have dipped the 12th one, the first is dry, and ready
for the next coat. I normaly put 3 or 4 coats on each shaft.
Someone was asking about Fletching Jigs, I have single Martin J8 jig
that I use, and it seems to work quite well. Though I am looking at
buying a Jojann Multi-fletcher just to speed things up since I have
found myself doing a lot more fletching lately.